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I am/have been a member of various local, regional, national, international and Ministry of Health groups, committees and advisory groups responsible for information management in the health care sector. My research has an applied end-user focus, translating end-user research into clinical practice/health sector policy. This research progressed from a sole researcher study showing centralised medical records to be an issue for patients, to two collaborative studies of patients’ attitudes towards information sharing/security of electronic medical records (EMRs. These projects led to the large collaborative first national CATI survey 4000+ on patients attitudes to sharing personal health information HRC funded 2007/8 with high stakeholder interest requiring preliminary findings presentation to inform health policy makers/end-users. Two further collaborative projects, with strong partnership support from Ministry of Health and General Practice New Zealand , brought the topic of safe sharing of health information to the National Health Board. A later project looked at information sharing in the sensitive area of sexual health. This research platform has resulted in collaborations with health organisations/academics nationally, internationally, invited/nominated membership to regional/national policy and/or end user groups including Health Research Council, National Information Clinical Leadership Group, and the Health Information Governance Expert Advisory Group. More recent collaborations are in the areas of IT to support pharmocovigiliance and disaster e-health. My most recent major collaboration is on smart homes using sensors to support healthy living and care in the home for older adults funded by a second HRC grant 2016-2018. A subsequent piece of work on home based sensor data and health assessments for older adults has just been completed, funded by the Ministry of Health.
I am the NZ representative member of APAMI and IMIA, and am a member of the IMIA telehealth working group and the NZ telehealth leaders group. I am a peer reviewer for the HRC.
I came to Massey University from clinical medical practice in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, completed a Master of Philosophy in Information Systems, and joined the Department of Information Systems as a lecturer in 1999. I am now employed as an Associate Professor in the School of Management. I worked part-time for Massey University and part time in clinical medical practice as a senior medical officer at Palmerston North Hospital upto 2019, and now work fulltime at Massey University. My research interests include health informatics, especially electronic medical records, privacy and confidentiality, mobile technology and smart sensor technologies in health.
Home based sensors
Electronic health records
Sharing of personal health information
Privacy & confidentiality
Clinical decision support systems
Computer gaming and health
User requirements analysis
21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Clinical Sciences (110300):
Conceptual Modelling (080603):
Family Care (111707): Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance) (111711):
Information And Computing Sciences (080000): Information Systems (080600): Information Systems Management (080609): Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services (080612):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Primary Health Care (111717): Public Health and Health Services (111700): Venereology (110324)
privacy, ethics and access to health information
system analysis and user requirements
surveys, focus groups and interviewing
research with patients and healthcare organistions
primary care research
Project Title: New Zealanders' attitudes towards access to Electronic Health Records
Date Range: 2007 - 2008
Funding Body: Health Research Council of New Zealand
My area of graduate supervison is digital health.
I expect PhD students to be self-motivated, independent learners that are proactive in addressing learning gaps. I do not provide reading lists or templates for PhD related study. Students generally will develop their own research questions and seek sources of funding themselves, under supervision.
I run collegial and generally relaxed regular supervison meetings which PhD students are expected to attend prepared to discuss their work. I provide scaffolding from early learning as a new PhD student to independent study and the amount and type of supervision will change from a somewhat student-teacher style pre-confirmation to a mentor-colleague style.
I provide written and verbal feedback on submitted work within set timeframes, usually one week. I am available to meet outside of scheduled meetings if the student wishes or if there are sudden issues that need addressing.
I believ that PhD study although demanding of the student, can also be enjoyable, and that it is an apprenticeship leading to lifelong learning and reseach development.
I encourage my PhD students to publish their research as first author in collaborative material.